1. Relgious Fundamentalism and the Abuse of Children (panel discussion)

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    Panel: Richard Dawkins (moderator), Sean Faircloth, Janet Heimlich, Katherine Stewart, Liz Heywood A symposium of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, US Richard Dawkins Biography: Richard Dawkins is founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, vice president of the British Humanist Association and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. His 2006 book The God Delusion has sold more than two million copies and had been translated into over 30 languages. Dawkins was the American Humanist Association’s 1996 Humanist of the Year. Sean Faircloth Biography: Biography: Sean Faircloth served five terms in the Maine legislature, successfully spearheading over thirty laws. He conceived the Secular Decade plan, a specific strategic vision for resecularizing American government, earning a reputation for innovative ideas and political strategy, writing about his Ten Point Vision of a Secular America in his book Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All and What to Do About It. Faircloth is Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason. Janet Heimlich Biography: Ms. Heimlich is the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, the first book to take an in-depth look at religiously motivated child abuse and neglect in the United States. As a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, Ms. Heimlich won nine journalism awards. She also writes non-fiction, investigative articles. In addition to her writing, Ms. Heimlich heads the Child-Friendly Faith Project, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the impact that belief and faith practices have on children in America. Katherine Stewart Biography: Katherine Stewart is the author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children. She started her career in journalism working for investigative reporter Wayne Barrett at The Village Voice and freelanced for Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire and others. She cowrote the book about the musical Rent and, after moving to Santa Barbara in 2005, published two novels about 21st century parenting. Most recently she has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the Daily Beast, Bloomberg View, and Religion Dispatches. She lives with her family in New York City. Liz Heywood Biography: Liz Heywood contracted a life-threatening bone disease when she was thirteen years old. Her parents chose prayer instead of medical care, a right protected by Massachusetts law. Liz survived, but the infection destroyed her knee. Though she learned to limp on her deformed leg, Liz struggled with chronic depression, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts until she left the Christian Science Church at age thirty-two. Her leg was surgically uncorrectable and eventually amputated. Today Liz speaks out for children who suffer from religious abuse. Her statement was read at the Secular Coalition of America’s 2010 meeting at the White House.

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